Newly adopted 9 month old kitty aggressive

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    J Robinson
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    Hello. I’m hoping someone has some good suggestions. I have an 18 yr old queen kitty, a girl about 1.5 years old, and a new 9 month old little boy. My new adored kitty is Greyden, a really sweet, but very active and playful. I actually got him to play with my 1.5 year old who is mild mannered, but likes to play. She learned quickly not to jump on my old kitty. Problem is new kitty constantly tries to get both cats to play. He chases, jumps on them, attacks their tails, etc. It’s been over a month and he seems like a slow learner. He’s also fearless, loud “no” doesn’t even phase him. Sometimes the chasing seems playful, but not sure. Is there a good way to train him to be less aggressive? My older kitties often try to sneak past him, I don’t want them to be fearful. My 1.5 will eventual growl at him and he usually backs off, but not always. Getting worried ????

    #865679

    pussigato
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    J. Robinson,

    Concats on adopting your new boy. You’ve already done the introducing once but the was a girl. First, is your boy neutered? He’s a boy and wants to establish himself in the household. You, most likely, will have to start over. The reason for that is to change the habits.

    I’m providing links on how to introduce kittens/cats. Other TDKers will check in with more advice.

    https://www.jacksongalaxy.com/blog/how-to-introduce-two-cats/
    https://www.thespruce.com/introducing-cats-101-552003

    Good luck

    PG

    #865718

    Penny
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    My family has 3 dogs and sometimes my kitten. They all have some type of special need, especially the smallest dog doesn’t have eyes. Sometimes you have to separate them, especially if you have an animal with special needs, such as a really old cat. The 1.5 year old cat will be fine, she can defend herself, but I’d keep the old cat separate, you don’t want her to get hurt or get stressed over this. We keep our blind dog in a big pen, he feels safe there and it keeps him from being aggressive out of fear. Maybe get a XL dog crate and keep the kitten in there with bed, food, water, and toys, while the old cat gets to walk around and keep the old cat in another room while the kitten runs about!

    #865729

    Kittyzee
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    I think your biggest concern should be with the oldest cat–she doesn’t need to deal with a toddler at her advanced age. When kittens are young, and especially males kittens, they are rambunctious, and not very good at boundaries. This doesn’t make them bad, it’s just that this is the way they are and they have a lot of energy. You can wear him out a bit with a laser and wand toys, but still they like to rough house–so that’s where your younger cat can teach him what his limits are. She may not like everything he does so you can intervene sometimes, but she can take it, where they older cat shouldn’t have to. She’s earned the right at her age, to be protected.

    #865764

    J Robinson
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    Well, firstly I did follow recommended steps to introduce a new kitty into the house. Grey is altered and his litter box is still in the large bathroom that I started him out in. I did the scent swap. Slow intro over course of a month. He leaves my old girl alone for the most part. If he grabs her tail, she bops him on head, a little growl and walks away. He does go submissive when that happens. Sometimes he tries again, but will give up. It is with the 1.5 year old that he chases and seems to want to constantly be around. Sometimes it seems like my girl plays with him, but I think he’s too aggressive with her. I mean there have not been any injuries. I just worry. Also, do male kitties who are already altered often try to mount other kitties? He’s done that a few times.

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    pussigato
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    Yes, male cats will try to hump other cats. Your guy is trying to establish his place in the hierarchy and humping is the main way to dominate another cat. Your older cat has already told him who’s boss…end of discussion. I have the same problem with my younger girl and boy. He wants to establish himself and continues to pester her even after 4 years. He also wants to play. MM has no problem playing but LB gets out of hand. All I can do is make sure that no one gets hurt.

    As long as your older cat keeps him in his place, all you can do is have patience and make sure no one gets hurt. Alas, boys will be boys. I know that sounds lame but it is my experience.

    #865781

    J Robinson
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    That’s kind of what I thought. Thank you for confirming. My last boy was litter mate with my old girl and we never had issues. So, it’s been a long time since I had a boy kitten. Thank you.

    #866335

    Samantha
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    Hi everyone,
    I noticed pussigato’s question whether your kitten neutered or no. I can’t claim for sure that your boy would be less aggressive if neutered, but I know it certainly got an impact on the behavior of my little one. It’s she, however, and we didn’t do it to make her more calm, but eventually, it turned out that she became much more relaxed.

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